HC Deb 23 January 1998 vol 304 cc711-2W
Mr. Letwin

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on Her Majesty's Government's policy in relation to the conditions of mentally and physically handicapped children in institutions in Greece. [24530]

Mr. Doug Henderson

We have discussed the treatment of mentally and physically handicapped children with the Greek authorities. The Greek Health and Welfare Minister announced on 20 January that a bill was currently being drafted to reform the welfare system in Greece. The Greek Under-Secretary for Welfare has said that the national welfare system (PIPKA) is to be merged with the children's foundation (MITERA), so that services can be better organised.

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